Hi, I took the opportunity of a ski trip to Breck to get a new pair of boots, hopefully fitting better than my garage sale pair. I went to a nationally known shop here in Breck and purchased a pair of Nordica NXT N1 boots for my wide, flat feet. The fitter seemed knowledgeable and helpful. He indicated that I had flat feet and 5 degrees of pronation, something I did not know of before. So he installed a 3 degree wedge to help with my pronation and a pair of footbeds heat-molded to my feet. He also heat-molded the liners. Well, my first day on the slopes, I could only do one run before quitting and going back to my room. I was ready to quit for the day, my arches were in so much pain. In desperation, I tried removing the footbeds and found instant relief. I was able to hit the slopes the rest of the day and had a fine time.
My questions are why do I need the footbeds? Is there an advantage to getting my feet used to them? Does the arch pain of these particular footbeds mean they are not molded properly to my feet? Should I be using custom orthodics in my street shoes to prep my feet for the footbeds in my ski boots? Any info will help.